Published by Kirby Winn on Friday, July 8, 2022 in News Releases
One of the nation’s largest blood drives is set to take place July 8 and 9 in the St. Louis region, coming at just the right time for the region’s blood supply. The KSHE 95 Summer Blood Drive will help blood inventories recover from critically low levels by providing more than 2000 donations given at locations across the St. Louis region. To schedule an appointment for donation, call (800) 747-5401 or schedule online at www.bloodcenter.org/KSHE, or via the ImpactLife mobile app (www.bloodcenter.org/app).
ImpactLife issues call for urgent action on blood supply
To provide optimally for the 124 hospitals the blood center serves, ImpactLife seeks to maintain a five-day supply of all blood components. But with the donation rate consistently low through the month of June, followed by the Fourth of July holiday, type O-negative red blood cells are at just a one-day supply and type O-positive is at just a 1.5-day supply. Other blood types have consistently been at a 2- to 4-day supply since early June.
Blood and platelet donations are used to support ongoing, routine use at local hospitals while a reserve is needed in case of a spike in demand due to large scale emergency or mass trauma. Such events may require activation of the Blood Emergency Readiness Corps (www.bloodcenter.org/BERC), a national group of blood providers ImpactLife joined earlier this year, pledging mutual aid for blood providers across the U.S. in times of crisis.
Donors to receive KSHE Summer Blood Drive T-shirts, entry in drawing for KSHE 55th Birthday Party tickets
Everyone who comes to give blood will receive the limited-edition KSHE Summer Blood Drive T-shirt and automatic entry in a drawing for nine pairs of tickets to the KSHE 55th Birthday Party featuring Sammy Hagar & The Circle w/ George Thorogood & The Destroyers (one winner for a pair of tickets chosen from each blood drive location).
The KSHE Summer Blood Drive was first held in 1984 to help support the blood supply during this critical time of year. Since that time, the KSHE listening audience has become a reliable base of support for the blood supply during the summer and holiday season, with nearly 5000 listeners participating in the July and December blood drives every year.
KSHE Summer Blood Drive Locations (Friday, July 8 and Saturday, July 9)
Appointments required: to schedule, call (800) 747-5401, use the ImpactLife mobile app, or schedule online at www.bloodcenter.org/KSHE.
Hours on Friday: 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. | Hours on Saturday: 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.
Fox C-6 School District 849 Jeffco Blvd., Arnold, MO
James J. Eagan Center 1 James J. Eagan Center Drive, Florissant, MO
Painters District Council 58 2501 59th St., St. Louis, MO
Sunset Hills Community Center 3915 South Lindbergh Blvd., St. Louis, MO
Eureka Community Center in Legion Park 333 Bald Hill Rd., Eureka, MO
Academy of Pet Careers 3550 W. Clay Street, St. Charles, MO
Fairview Heights Donor Center 10900 B Lincoln Trails Midway Plaza, Fairview Heights, IL
Gateway Convention Center 1 Gateway Dr., Collinsville, IL
Lewis & Clark Community College 5800 Godfrey Rd., Godfrey, IL
ImpactLife is a not-for-profit community organization providing blood services to 124 hospitals in Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, and Wisconsin, as well as resource sharing partners across the country. Services extend from southcentral Wisconsin to St. Louis, Missouri and from Danville, Illinois to Chariton, Iowa. (See a map of the ImpactLife service region.) ImpactLife operates 22 Donor Centers and holds approximately 5000 mobile blood drives annually to provide blood components needed for patient transfusions at hospitals throughout our region.
For more information, see www.bloodcenter.org and find us @impactlifeblood on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, TikTok, Twitter, Snapchat, and YouTube.